SCO's License Is Only For the Big Guys... For Now

Wednesday, October 22 2003 @ 05:05 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

Unless you are a Fortune 1000 company, you can't get a Linux license from The SCO Group Inc. for love or money, according to IDG. So now you know. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but someone had to tell you. Try to be a man about it:

"'We're trying to execute on this licensing plan (by) really starting to deal with the very top players and working our way down,' said Blake Stowell, a SCO spokesman. 'After the company has rolled this out to the Fortune 1000 and we're satisfied with how the program is going ... we'll then roll it down to small to medium businesses.' . . .

"SCO has admitted in recent weeks to having difficulties rolling out the licensing plan. Last Thursday it revealed that it had delayed until Nov. 1 a plan to double the price of the license in order to give users more time to buy licenses at the lower rate.

"Stowell advised small and medium-sized businesses interested in the Linux license to wait for SCO to contact them. However, customers that contact SCO before the Nov. 1 deadline will be eligible for the $699 per processor rate even if they can't actually purchase the license by that date, he said."

So now you know why you were getting the runaround. Wait. Maybe there is more to the story than the PR spin? Why, yes. Yes, there is. Here is analyst Dan Kusnetzky's thought:

"'As soon as they sell the first one, litigation will be started from all quarters,' he predicted. 'I think the people from The SCO Group realized that if they opened that box, they'd never be able to close it again.'"

Newhouse News has a What If SCO Wins article which includes this somber thought:

"Eben Moglen, a Columbia University law professor who represents the Free Software Foundation, says an SCO victory would further consolidate the software industry, raising possibilities for electronic surveillance of citizens.

"'The ability to modify technology in the 21st century is power,' Moglen says. 'And it either belongs to a few, or to everybody. ... Those who control the behavior of technology control lives.'"